January 21, 2005

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup post-inaugural poll of 624 adults found a mixed reaction to Bush's address. 60% of respondents felt Bush's goal of ending tyranny was not attainable, but 2/3 agreed that the growth of democratic movements in every nation should be a top or high priority for U.S. foreign policy. Only 42% felt Bush would make good on his promise to "strive in good faith to heal" the nation's divisions.

Archie Herring of Seattle just missed winning the huge $130 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, correctly guessing 5 of the 6 numbers drawn. Fortunately for him, he bought 10 tickets, all with the same numbers. Each ticket was good for a second prize of $175,000, or a total of $1.75 million.

Continental Airlines Inc., reported a $206 million loss for the fourth quarter. The folks over at Delta responded with a "Pffffttt," and revealed their $2.2 billion fourth-quarter loss and record $5.2 billion annual loss. Meanwhile, Qantas stated it will break through the billion-dollar profit barrier when it releases its annual result next month.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved construction of the highest ski lift in the country at Breckenridge ski resort. The quad chair lift running to 12,830 feet will be BYOO -- Bring Your Own Oxygen.

The cause of "The Great Dying," a 250 million-year-old catastrophe that wiped out 90 percent of ocean species and 70 percent of land species, is a matter of great dispute among paleontologists. New research released yesterday offers evidence that global warming caused by massive and prolonged volcanic activity may have been the chief culprit.

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